Even though the US State Department is issuing positive statements about the Taliban, it is hard for the US to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan’s lawful government. The reasons are evident and understandable. First, the Taliban have defeated the US military in a protracted war stretching over twenty years (2001-2021). The hurt in the Pentagon, [...]

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Introduction On 7 July 2021, the Law Commission of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, released a draft bill on population control.  The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021, pursuant to the 2022 elections in the state, is purported to be a draconian draft to control the population of the State. [...]

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Most people presumably would consider Afghanistan to be somewhat of a pariah—or even rogue—state when it comes to respect for human rights. But the truth is that Afghanistan is more entwined in international legal regimes than one would expect, meaning it’s also more subject to enforcement measures than one would expect. The so-called “International Bill [...]

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On August 18, 2021, Senators Blumenthal and Markey asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Tesla for a misleading advertisement about the capabilities of its “Autopilot” technology. The request follows high-profile accidents involving Tesla vehicles and prior requests for FTC action by others. The FTC ought to investigate by considering what evidence, if [...]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s driver assistance system because it appears to have difficulty recognizing stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights, such as police cars and firetrucks. This investigation presents an opportunity for the NHTSA to answer an important question: What is the federal government’s position [...]

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Ghana, one of the most successful democracies in Africa, is now being criticized widely at the hands of human rights defenders all over the world. After Russia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Hungary, this African country is all set to criminalize homosexuality. Eight members of Parliament have proposed a bill that criminalizes the LGBTQ+ community in the [...]

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On July 13, 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) unanimously held that the lack of legal protection to same-sex unions in Russia violated the applicants’ right to respect for private life guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights (‘the Convention’). There are no explicit legal obstacles in the way of providing [...]

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In October 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) representatives from India and South Africa submitted a proposal for the waiver from the “implementation, application and enforcement” of certain sections of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) in relation to prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Further to this, some countries have [...]

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Recently, British MPs voted in favor of the contentious policing bill which will significantly broaden the scope of police powers to clamp down on non-violent protests. The rationale provided by the government is that the new Bill will empower policemen to protect both themselves and the public, facilitating the increased efficiency of the policing system. [...]

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